Unfortunately, UTIs can get out of hand. Your urinary tract is likened to the exhaust system of a car because it should only move one way: OUT. But what happens when harmful bacteria get IN?
Kidneys are bean-shaped organs (so, you know, like kidney beans) that are located against the back muscles in the upper abdominal area. Your kidneys clean waste from your blood and create urine. This urine travels through tubes (ureters) and is stored in your bladder, until it travels through the urethra, outside of your body. UTIs occur when bacteria travel up the urinary tract (i.e. bacteria gets inwhen it should be flushed out).
However, if a UTI goes untreated, that bacteria can travel up the ureters to the kidneys and cause a kidney infection (also called pyelonephritis). What causes a kidney infection is ultimately linked to what causes a UTI. Other factors include:
UTIs and kidney infections have similar symptoms. However, once the infection has spread to your kidneys, the symptoms listed below may become more severe:
A kidney infection can develop quickly and cause serious damage. Seek medical attention if you are experiencing these symptoms combined with bloody urine and nausea or vomiting.
Kidney infections always require antibiotics. The treatment normally lasts 7-14 days. While you may use home remedies to supplement these antibiotics, do not rely on them solely to treat kidney infections. Normally, you don’t need to be hospitalized to treat a kidney infection. Hospitalization may be required if you are:
You might hear kidney infection and pyelonephritis used interchangably. They're the same thing.
You can reduce the risk of kidney infection by being proactive about your urinary health.
For some people, stellar behavior and daily habits are not enough to improve urinary health. This may come down to pregnancy, hormones, age, genetics, or conditions such as diabetes. While it’s important to follow the tips outlined above, sometimes you need a boost — like Uqora.